2 And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
A Lamanite named Samuel was called by God to preach to the Nephites. Many of the Nephites wouldn’t listen and they cast him out of Zarahemla. But the Lord told Samuel to go back. He had another message for Samuel to share.
Because the people wouldn’t let him in the city, Samuel climbed the city wall. He warned the people that if they didn’t repent they would be faced with great destruction. He also prophesied of the coming of Jesus Christ. He told the people that Jesus would come to the earth in five years, and many signs would appear at His birth. Samuel said there would be a night without darkness, and a new star would appear. He also prophesied of the death of the Savior, and the signs that would appear at that time. Many who heard the words of Samuel believed him, and many were baptized. They became faithful believers who watched for the signs of Jesus’s coming. But many people in Zarahemla were angry with Samuel and cast stones at him, and tried to shoot arrows at him. The Lord protected Samuel and he could not be hit with the arrows or stones.
We can learn from Samuel that Heavenly Father asks us, through His prophets, to repent and make right choices because He loves us. He gives us signs and miracles to strengthen our faith. Although we may find temporary pleasure “in doing iniquity”, true happiness comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“In those days as in ours, some naysayers, called anti-Christs, convinced others that there was no need for a Savior and His Atonement. When Samuel’s prophecy was finally fulfilled and there was a ‘day and a night and a day, as if it were one day,’ (Helaman 14:4) what joy must have filled the hearts of those who had believed in the prophets! …Those who believed on the words of the prophets recognized the Savior throughout His life and ministry and were blessed to follow Him.” Robert D. Hales
What messages did Samuel bring to the Nephites?
Do modern-day prophets continue to testify of Jesus Christ, as ancient prophets did? (Yes.)
What are the believers called? (Christians.)
What signs has the Lord given us to help us believe in Him?
What can we do to show we are faithful Christians as we wait and watch for the signs of the second coming of Jesus Christ?
Samuel foretold the signs that would accompany the birth of Jesus Christ. Have family members write ways they can show "signs" that they are true believers on the nativity star.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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